Wednesday, 15 December, 2010
The Greens today announced former Newcastle City councillor Keith Parsons as the Greens candidate for the state seat of Wallsend.
Keith served as a Newcastle City councillor from 1995-99 and as a Greens councillor from March 2004 until 2008. He was Deputy Lord Mayor in 1999 and in 2004-5. He was also the Greens candidate for Wallsend in the 2007 State election when the Greens vote increased by over 30%.
As a councillor, Keith was deeply involved with planning, heritage, and environmental, cultural and social justice issues. He has remained actively involved in community issues as a member and currently chair of the Hunter Regional Committee of the National Trust of Australia. His role involves giving advice to and writing submissions on heritage and planning issues in the city and suburbs.
Keith took an active interest in the development of a flood management plan by Newcastle City Council and the state government.
“I strongly supported and will continue to lobby for state government funding to support Newcastle Council in combating future flooding problems in the Wallsend area, including funds to purchase properties in very high hazard areas,” he said.
Keith has a strong commitment to public transport. He strongly supports the continuation of heavy rail services to Newcastle Station, integrated, if possible, with light rail.
He regards a regional transport interchange at Glendale as essential and urgent, for the Wallsend electorate and the Lower Hunter region.
“This should be the number one Hunter transport funding priority for both state and federal governments,” he said.
“It is absurd for the state government to propose an unnecessary and very expensive terminus at Wickham less than 2 km from the current terminus at Newcastle railway station, when a genuine regional interchange is required at Glendale close to the population centre of the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie urban areas.
“Glendale has been on the drawing board for over a decade, and government funding should go where it’s both wanted and needed, at Glendale”, he said
For further information or comment, please contact Keith Parsons (Greens candidate for Wallsend), on Contact 49 265 301 or mobile 0408 446 022.